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TRADE NEWS RELEASE
February 26, 2003
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999


OSHA MOVES FORWARD WITH NEW CRANE AND DERRICK SAFETY CONSTRUCTION STANDARD

WASHINGTON -- OSHA will go forward with the negotiated rulemaking process to update its cranes and derricks standard in response to broad industry support for using that process to revise the standard, OSHA Administrator John Henshaw announced today.

The agency is publishing a proposed list of members to serve on the Crane and Derrick Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee. Through negotiation, the Committee will develop a proposed revision of the existing construction safety standards for the cranes and derricks. The public may submit comments on the proposed list of members.

"The negotiated rulemaking process is the most effective way to work with the parties that will be significantly affected by a final rule," said Henshaw. "We look forward to working with stakeholders on an updated standard that addresses changes in technology and work processes."

After evaluating comments on the proposed list of committee members, OSHA will then publish a final list, announce the establishment of the committee, and schedule the first committee meeting, which is expected in late Spring.

OSHA published a notice of intent to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee in July 2002. In the announcement, the agency requested nominations for the committee and input on the appropriateness of using negotiated rulemaking to develop a crane and derrick proposed rule. The notice also outlined the negotiated rulemaking process and identified some anticipated issues for negotiation.

Notice of OSHA's proposed list of committee members is scheduled to appear in the February 27, 2003 Federal Register and on OSHA's web site under Federal Register Notices.

Written comments on the proposed committee may be submitted by March 31, 2003 to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. S-030, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N-2625, Washington, DC 20210. Comments 10 pages or fewer may be faxed to the OSHA Docket Office at telephone number (202) 693-1648. Comments may be submitted electronically through OSHA's Homepage at ecomments.osha.gov.

OSHA is dedicated to assuring worker safety and health. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
(NOTE: OSHA's proposed list of committee members for the Crane and Derrick Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee follows this release).

OSHA's Proposed List of Crane and Derrick
Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee

Manufacturers and suppliers
Michael Brunet, Manitowoc Cranes, Inc.
Peter Juhren, Morrow Equipment Company, L.L.C.
Larry Means, Wire Rope Technical Board

Lessors/Maintenance
William Smith, Maxim Crane Works

Users-Employers
Joseph Collins, Zachry Construction Corporation
Brian Murphy, Sundt Corporation
George R. "Chip" Pocock, C.P. Buckner Steel Erection
Craig Steele, Schuck & Sons Construction Company, Inc.
Darlaine Taylor, Century Steel Erectors, Inc.
William J. "Doc" Weaver
Robert Weiss, Cranes Inc. and A.J. McNulty & Company, Inc.
Stephen Wiltshire, Shirley Contracting Corporation

Users - Labor Organizations
Frank Migliaccio, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
Dale Shoemaker, Carpenters International Training Center

Operators - Labor Organizations
Stephen Brown, International Union of Operating Engineers
Emmett Russell, International Union of Operating Engineers

Government/public entities
Noah Connell, U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA

Training and operator testing
David Ritchie, The St. Paul Companies

Power line Owners
Michael Hyland, American Public Power Association

Insurance
Charles Yorio, Acordia

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This news release text is on the Internet at http://www.osha.gov. Information on this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 693-1999.


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